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Taster talk: Constable’s sketches


Thursday 6 February 2020
2 — 2.15pm

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John Constable RA, Cloud Study, Hampstead, Tree at Right, 11 September 1821 (detail), 1821.

Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: John Hammond.

Oil on paper laid on board, red ground. 29.9 x 24.1 cm.

Drop in for a free 15-minute talk to unearth the hidden stories of the Royal Academy.

John Constable RA made hundreds of rapid oil sketches directly from nature, often recording fleeting moments of clouds, rainstorms or the fall of light on water in his pursuit to become a ‘natural’ painter. The size of his studies were often prescribed by the size of his sketching paint box. As he explained to his friend John Fisher, he was sending some sketches that “were done in the lid of my box on my knees as usual”.

In this series of taster talks, encounter the stories behind the RA’s remarkable Collection and buildings from the RA staff’s insider perspective. Taster talks take place at 2pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

Taster talks are free and last 15 minutes. Ask a member of the team on site for further information.

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Thursday 6 February 2020

2 — 2.15pm

The Collections Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens

Free, no booking required